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Tiffany Esshaki

C&G Staff Reporter – Birmingham Bloomfield Eagle


Staff Writer Tiffany Esshaki covers Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills and Bloomfield Township as well as Oakland County Parks and Recreation and Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center. Esshaki has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2011 and attended the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Oakland Community College. She’s the recipient of several awards from the Michigan Press Association and the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Published February 8, 2012

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — While we’ve been fortunate to have an unusually mild season so far this year, we’re not out of the woods just yet, and we may need to haul out that bag of salt again a time or two.

But how salt-savvy are we in metro Detroit? Laura Gruzwalski, a staff environmental analyst with Hubbell, Roth & Clark, has worked with several communities in the area, including Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Franklin and Beverly Hills, on how they can keep city roads safe in a more efficient and eco-friendly manner.

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Published February 8, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — As we near Valentine’s Day, some folks are getting ready with orders for red roses and romantic dinner reservations, while others will opt for a box of chocolates and a sitcom on the couch by themselves. For some singles around town, the amorous holiday can act as an unfriendly reminder of the love they haven’t yet found. Kerrie Schneider knows how hard the dating market can be, so for nearly two years now she’s been helping people in metro Detroit find their valentines.

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Published January 31, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — It’s been less than a year since Michelle Soto founded the Wish Upon a Teen foundation. The jet-setting advocate has worked for a number of child care organizations across the country, including UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles and the Gift of Adoption agency. It was her love of children that prompted her to start an organization that caters to children who are often left out of other initiatives.

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Published January 31, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — What could make people feel safer than their local police department personally sending messages to their cellphones and email to update them on emergency situations nearby? In Birmingham, the plan is to do just that.

As of Jan. 20, the Birmingham Police Department will utilize a new communications service called Nixle, designed to deliver messages directly to subscribers via text message or email. The notifications can also be seen online at www.Nixle.com. The service is free to all community members.

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Published January 31, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — Until recently, Camille Jayne was living in California, jumping from one high-powered company to another and earning a reputation for being one of the most influential female CEOs on the West Coast. All the while, though, she had something other than business on her mind. She wanted to get back home to Michigan.

“I always wanted to come back home. I never would’ve left Michigan if not for the fact that I couldn’t get a job here,” said Jayne. “I never intended to ultimately end up anywhere else besides Michigan.”

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Published January 31, 2012

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Knitting and crocheting aren’t just for making doilies. For the sixth year in a row, Knit Michigan is proving that the fiber arts are about making a difference.

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Published January 31, 2012

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — In the coming months, the Bloomfield Hills City Commission may enact an ordinance that will restrict the number of trees that can be cut down on properties in the city. The idea is to keep the city’s tree canopy lush and beautiful, though some feel it comes at too great a price.

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Published January 30, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — Nearly 10 years ago, Elizabeth Smart was, in her opinion, no different than any other Utah girl. That is until one night when a strange man entered her home, put a knife to her neck, and forced her to run off with him, barefoot, into the darkness. The 14-year-old girl wouldn’t see her home again for nine grueling months.

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Published January 30, 2012

SOUTHFIELD — You might’ve noticed recently that the city of Detroit has seen a surge of support. Near and far, from T-shirts to Cadillac commercials, the struggling city is gaining hordes of fans who believe Detroit is headed for a comeback. And what better way to show your allegiance than to head downtown and explore all that Detroit has to offer?

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Published January 24, 2012

BINGHAM FARMS — This time last year, while most people were taking down holiday decorations or giving up on New Year’s resolutions, Cynthia Lind, then 68, was fighting for survival. The Bingham Farms resident suffered a traumatic aortic dissection that most of her doctors didn’t believe she would recover from.

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Published January 24, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Public Schools district had reduced its budget deficit by nearly two-thirds, according to an announcement at the Board of Education meeting Jan. 17.

“We had our budget done on June 7 of 2011, at which time there was a deficit of about $6 million. Now, the deficit is a little over $2 million,” said Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Deborah Piesz. “We had a $4 million swing in general funds.”

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Published January 23, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — The seventh annual Birmingham Restaurant Week kicks off Monday, Jan. 30. The two-week, sans weekends, event will once again give local food-lovers a chance to taste the best of what Birmingham’s culinary community has to offer.

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Published January 23, 2012

While fishing rods and hockey pucks have sat in garages collecting dust, the many majestic lakes of our Great Lakes state have waited patiently for a deep freeze. The warmer-than-usual temperatures this winter simply haven’t allowed for much ice to develop.

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Published January 18, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS — Dust off that bottle of Tums, because the 4th and a Half Annual Chili Cook-Off will heat up Sunday, Jan. 22 at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School. This year, according to event co-creator Jim Salter, will dish out more chili, more TVs and more fun.

“Last year we had 350 people, and it’s grown in popularity. What guys in the parish aren’t going to like chili, football and beer?”

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Published January 18, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — It wasn’t without some hitches, but by the end of the Birmingham City Commission meeting Jan. 9, site plans had been approved for two new bistros in the city.

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